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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 20, 2012 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

Kinda suprised I dont see more early ones, like this:

A second set opener and as smooth as they get..

7/19/74

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.sbd.miller.32634.sbeok.flac16

Perfectly executed - as still as a tune can get imo..

This post was modified by Skobud on 2012-02-20 15:52:24

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Poster: WillCo Date: Feb 20, 2012 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

A really sweet one, that 1974-07-19. And the rest of the second set is pretty wonderful as well.

Come to think of it, I often go straight to BEW when I want a quick test-sample of the quality of a show: for the sound quality (here the Wall Of Sound, no less - as well as an amazing recording); also for the focus of the band - the tune is a real showcase for Phil, and on this night he and Keith, both well up is the mix, play beautifully.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Feb 20, 2012 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

Re: sampling shows, I agree w/ all you said about BEW. If not BEW, then Sugaree.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 20, 2012 10:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

I do the exact same thing with Mexicali....I listen to see if Jerry immediately starts going into scales or lays back after the first verse - often that is an excellent gauge for me as to show quality. The truth is, I dont even know when I started doing that. It pretty much works for me though. Sorry for the semi hijack, but thats a good idea for a thread...What tune do you use to gauge whether or not you wanna give a "new to you" show a spin. I almost always check Mexicali.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Feb 20, 2012 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women (and gauging that "new to you" show)

Yep. Mexicali's definitely another one. You've put into words just what I was trying to say.

Maybe Big River, too, because with that song you can tell straight away whether they're flying or plodding - I think it's Jerry who sometimes carries the whole thing with that wonderful rhythm guitar line.

Pre-Keith? I'm not sure, maybe Viola Lee or Cryptical; not sure why, maybe more in an instant gratification sort of way

Post-Keith it's always worth checking one of the Bobby songs just to see whether he's bored or not (those stupid accents ...). That wraps up the Bobby stuff for me I think.

Then there's He's Gone, also Scarlet Begonias. Dark Star's first couple of minutes reveal quite a lot.

God we are SO LUCKY; we really should be "saying grace" in some way to give thanks for all these treasures - there's another thread idea maybe.

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Poster: debris_slide Date: Feb 20, 2012 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

I'm the same way...you get a perfect example of the recording...jerry's opening guitar line lets me know how loud he is then if everyone falls into place nicely in the mix I know it's the version I want.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Feb 20, 2012 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

a bit ironic that the most recent post for this show is...

"Magic, despite Brown-Eyed Women
Had Captain One-Star below listened past the offending Brown Eyed Women, he would have heard the WRS through to Eyes, some of the most magical music the Dead ever created.

PS. the BEW isn't even that bad..."

I thought the BEW was pretty good, idk about perfectly executed though, i mean jer does flub some vocals. I really think the extended jam does wonders for this song.